Facebook and getting your poems heard

Dear Poet X: Thank you for your submission to Whale Sound. I’d like very much to read your poem for the site and will begin to work with it soon.

If you are on Facebook, it would be great to have you friend me there — that way I can tag you when your piece is up. I have observed that easily 85 percent of the referral hits received by Whale Sound are from Facebook – either via tagged Facebook posts or via its Networked Blogs application.

If you prefer to limit your Facebook friends, you could also just ‘like’ the Whale Sound Facebook page, since I also tag Whale Sound poets there once their poems are posted.

Of course, you may not be on Facebook at all, in which case, just ignore everything I just said!

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Nic Sebastian

Nic is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. She founded the now-archived Whale Sound site and is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha.

3 thoughts on “Facebook and getting your poems heard”

  1. One of the meta-blogging blogs I read stated the other day that social media linkage — meaning mostly Facebook — is now more important to blog traffic than search-engine optimization. Considering that more people log onto Facebook than Google, I can readily believe that. But search-engine traffic is mostly people looking for something else, anyway, and quickly going elswhere when they realize it’s a poem. For literary bloggers, the trick has always been to get people to stay and read. It’s just like gving a live poetry reading: if you want to guarantee an audience, bring your friends!

  2. Yes, good point. The Facebook clicks are clearly the clicks of people who know they are clicking on a poem and mean to do so. Search engine search terms/clicks are much more random — very strange (and disheartening) sometimes.

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